This is one gorgeous radio that was dubbed the "toaster" due to the unique top and side venting in the solid walnut cabinet that reminds one of that appliance. Designed by the famed Ingraham company, it is a very desirable and collectible model. And, it sounds great too! With six tubes and an internal loop antenna, it has great reception and sensitivity.
Now completely restored, it is just a wonderful treat for the eyes and ears! Some would call this the perfect table radio due to its size, sound and appearance. The cabinet is in very good condition, with a unique appealing presence.It retains the original stain, which was treated to rejuvenate and nourish the wood. It was given six coats of clear lacquer, then hand polished to bring out the beautiful qualities of the wood. The classic Zenith black dial face has crisp and clear graphics and is nicely lit from the top.
The dial cover and power cord are new. The knobs and back cover have been replaced.
There are very few dings commensurate with age as can be seen in the photos. Electronically, the chassis was restored, cleaned and serviced, with all paper/wax and electrolytic capacitors replaced. Tubes and resistors were replaced as needed. All controls and contacts were detail cleaned and. Wiring and other components were replaced as needed.
The radio was aligned, peaked and tuned for optimal reception and quality of sound using the internal loop antenna. I imagine this radio was brand new when it heralded the news of the bombing of Pearl Harbor to the anxious owners. Of course it must have broadcast many other news stories, music and other entertainment over so many years.
Now fully restored and 78 years old, it has a lot of life to bring pleasure for years to come if well cared for. Note: Tube radios consist of a variety of vacuum tubes, capacitors, resistors and other electronic components. This radio has been disassembled, cleaned, and components tested.All non-functioning or suspect components were replaced. Vacuum tubes are similar to light bulbs in that an interior filament heats up inside the vacuum tube.
When the filament burns out, the tube will need to be replaced. The tubes in this radio are in good working order. The longevity of the tube and its filaments is related to the length of time the radio is operated and the frequency of turning the radio power on and off. The item "Vintage Zenith 6D525 AM Radio The Toaster (1941) RESTORED IN & OUT" is in sale since Wednesday, February 13, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Radio, Phonograph, TV, Phone\Radios\Tube Radios\1930-49".The seller is "holman9099" and is located in Homestead, Pennsylvania. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, Bahamas, Uruguay.